RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers announced today the departure of Athletic Trainer & Equipment Manager Bill Nervig, who accepted the Head Athletic Trainer position with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.
Nervig, an Omaha native, spent 20 seasons with the Lancers dating back to 1999 at the Aksarben Collesium. During his time with the Lancers, Nervig was a part of 3 Anderson Cups titles and 2 Clark Cup Championships. On February, 16th 2016, Nervig reached his 1,000 game milestone with the Lancers.
“Words cannot describe what the Lancers organization and the Lancer fan base have meant to me and my family," Bill Nervig said. "Professionally, I have been able to live my dream and have the best sports job in all of Omaha. Now it has provided a springboard for me to pursue a new dream. Personally, every one of my children was born a Lancer and could sing The Heat is On before they could talk, and I met my wife at the MAC (Mid-America Center). You can’t ask for anything better than that. I will deeply miss all of the staff, players, boosters, and fans. It is with a sizeable lump in my throat that I say thank you for everything. You have all meant the world to me. I look forward to watching the orange and black climb back to the top of the USHL and bring Mr. Clark’s cup back to its rightful home."
“He [Nervig] was a true professional and we will miss his experience and expertise with the Lancers organization,” Lancers President Dave DeLuca said.
“It’s impossible to quantify Bill’s contribution and commitment or replicate the job he has done for the Lancers over the last 20 years," Head Coach and General Manager David Wilkie said. "He has done just about everything and he has seen virtually everything in this league and his upward progression now to professional hockey is unbelievably deserved. The Omaha Lancers are extremely happy for him and his family because Bill has paid his dues 100 times over and this promotion to the American Hockey League is long overdue. It is very hard to think or comprehend that when we start playing games in September that he will not be there with us moving forward."
Nervig will end his chapter with the Lancers totaling 1,201 regular-season games, 101 postseason games, 1 Gold Cup and a 4-time selection for the All-Star/Top Prospects game.
"Most Importantly, Bill Nervig has been a great Lancer. Thank you, Bill," Wilkie added.
"Once a Lancer, Always a Lancer. Thank you," - Bill Nervig.